Book Reviews: I chose 2 books this month that compliment each other. They both are books about using images in your art, plus our latest publication all about jewelry: “Jewelry Beyond Time”.

“Printmaking & Mixed Media-Simple techniques & projects for paper & fabric”
by: Dorit Elisha Published by: Interweave Press LLC 2009

“This book is all about printmaking which is the process of transferring an image from a matrix to a substrate with the possibility of identical repetition.”
This statement was made at the very beginning of the book and it clearly describes the books contents. The book shares 2 categories of print making, relief printing & stenciling, plus the tools and paints that are available today. There are some wonderful tips and great advice for storing your prints, choosing a substrate and plenty of techniques to explore. Various screen printing methods are discussed, mono printing, carved relief printing and more, that fit into these 2 categories of printing. There are also 9 mixed media projects with step by step directions in the back of this book to give you inspiration. A wonderful reference book.

“Image Transfer Workshop -mixed media techniques for successful transfers”
by: Darlene Olivia McElroy & Sandra Duran Wilson Published by: North Light Books 2009

This is a fabulous book which touches on every image transferring method available, with plenty of good advice on glues, mediums, heat transfer materials, solvents and everything in between. This book also has loads of great tips, tricks and trouble-shooting. Each method is clearly defined & precise instructions are given. I really like the trouble-shooting aspect because who hasn’t run into a problem or two with a transfer? This book will help you determine what went wrong and offers ways to correct any problems you might be having. The techniques include: contact paper, gesso, caulking, gel skin, digital grounds, transparencies, fusible webs, fabric crayons, iron-on and even liquid polymer skins! Besides all the wonderful methods of transferring images, this book gives you the limitations of each method, materials that are best suited, substrates that can and should be used and whether or not they are of archival quality. I have to say, this is one terrific reference book!


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